Aliens in the Barn

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SFR Brigade Holiday Showcase: Meet Douglas Fir #SFRB #scifi #romance #scifirom


Welcome to the SFR Brigade Holiday Showcase! There are over 30 authors participating in this awesome blog hop, so when you're done reading here, hop on over to the next person. Lots of prizes and giveaways are being offered from each author. The list of participants can be found here: SFR Brigade Holiday Showcase.

Ever look at something we do in our culture that makes you go, "Huh?" I love studying cultures and traditions. We, as humans, look at the traditions of other cultures and wonder where they came from or how those traditions were started. We even look at our own traditions in or own culture and wonder.

Such as Christmas trees. Bringing live trees indoors to put decorations on them is a little odd when you think about it. The tradition is so ingrained that we even have fake trees, just to continue the tradition without having to get a live one. We even have toys and gimmicks that all revolve around the Christmas tree.

Other cultures may look at this tradition and think us very strange indeed. I like to take sentiments like that one step further. How would an alien from outer space interpret human traditions? What would Christmas trees look like to a space alien? Specifically, what would singing Christmas trees look like to an extraterrestrial? Remember those? They were called 'Douglas Fir.'

I couldn't help it. "Meet Douglas Fir" was born from this idea. In this story, a human family introduces Christmas to an extraterrestrial couple they happen to know. If you've read "Aliens in the Barn," it's the family from that story.

Here is a short excerpt. This is right as Alex shows his extraterrestrial friend, Bazin, a Douglas Fir singing Christmas tree:


Eyes popped opened from their disguised place within the branches along with a mouth that started singing "Jingle Bells."
The alien let out an uncharacteristic yelp before lunging forward in a flurry of movement, knocking the tree from Alex's hands and then stomping it until the music stopped. To Bazin's credit, a gun didn't appear out of nowhere like last time they were at this truck stop. He even managed to keep his human disguise.
"What are you doing?" Alex yelled. "Those are really hard to find!"
"Did you see the size of its mouth?" Bazin nudged it with his foot. One of the bushy branches covering an eyeball twitched and he stomped on it again. "It could have eaten your hand."



I learned how to make book covers this past summer. This one is my favorite!

Thank you so much for reading! What human tradition is your favorite? Or what space alien tradition you've read somewhere made you smile, or a reaction to a strange tradition? Tell me in a comment below. I will be gifting a copy of "Meet Douglas Fir" to 5 commenters (chosen at random / ebook gifted from Amazon).

'Meet Douglas Fir' can be found on Amazon here. 'Meet Douglas Fir' can also be found in "Aliens in the Barn: 4 Short Stories of Mech Alien Romance and Misadventure."

Go check out all the other blog posts of this SFRB Holiday Showcase . Happy reading!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Science Fiction Romance Sale! #SFRBlast #SciFi #Romance





Happy Cyber Monday! There are over 40 free and 99cent science fiction romance ebooks for sale today through November 39th. My book, "Aliens in the Barn," is included! It will be 99cents! If you're looking for some fun reading before the Holidays are in full swing, or maybe looking for something to read during the Holiday break, check out these must-have science fiction romance books. Journey to another world!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Cover Reveal: The 2176 Freedom Series by Susan Grant @flyerdreamer



This series looks fantastic! Sci-fi action romance? Yes, please. Today I am showing Susan Grant's 2 new covers for her upcoming series.

The 2176 Freedom Series is a 2-part sci-fi action romance series/serial that includes The Legend of Banzai Maguire (Part 1) and The Scarlet Empress (Part 2) at approximately 75,000 words apiece. Originally, the “2176" series consisted of five books written by four different authors following a series bible in a world that I created. The publisher subsequently went out of business and the rights to books 1 and 5 reverted to me. Recently, I took on the huge task of modernizing and rewriting both to stand completely separate from the old series. It was a labor of love that I hope will provide hours of edge-of-the-seat reading pleasure. It also opens up exciting opportunities for more stories in the 2176 Freedom world: Rim Riders, Clones, Warlords, Raft City Pirates, Revolutionaries, and more!





THE LEGEND OF BANZAI MAGUIRE
The 2176 Freedom Series, Book 1
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New York Times/USA Today Bestselling Author
RITA Winner
Susan Grant


About The Legend of Banzai Maguire:

The year: 2016. While flying a peacekeeping mission over North Korea, Air Force pilot Bree "Banzai" Maguire is shot down. Instead of the North Korean troops she expected, she finds herself captured by a mad scientist and put in bio-stasis. When she wakes, everything has changed. It's 2176, the world is in crisis, and she is a hotly contested prize. Once, Banzai's job was to protect democracy; now a mysterious voice claims she must bring it back.

The year: 2176. U.C.E. Commander Ty Armstrong is a decorated SEAL, combat veteran, and part-time treasure hunter. Seeking one elusive prize has become a personal obsession for him: Banzai Maguire, who was never found after her mysterious disappearance 160 years earlier. His quest to find her remains takes him into enemy territory where he discovers that not only is she very much alive, he might have already fallen in love with her. But before he can bring her to safety, they are captured by the charming, yet ruthless, Emperor of Asia. Ty vows to escape with Banzai at his side. But his captor has other plans for him—and for Banzai Maguire.


Praise for The Legend of Banzai Maguire:

“If Grant’s faithful fighter jet descriptions don’t snag readers from the outset, her fierce, funny, tough-as-nails heroine will. With its cliffhanger conclusion, awe-inspiring characters and droll humor, this book is a strong launch for a very promising series.” — Publishers Weekly



Preorder The Legend of Banzai Maguire:




Amazon: available November 15th

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 THE SCARLET EMPRESS
The 2176 Freedom Series, Book 2
***
New York Times Bestselling Author
RITA Winner
Susan Grant


About The Scarlet Empress:


Shot down over North Korea, Air Force fighter pilot Cam “Scarlet" Tucker is imprisoned and put in bio-stasis. She is awakened 160 years later to learn that her wingmate and best friend also survived. Now the “legendary” Banzai Maguire, Bree is being held for treason in the country that was once the United States.

Cam has problems of her own—big problems. She’s in the masterful hands of Prince Kyber, the dictator whom her friend thwarted. He won’t get fooled again. With the mysterious Shadow Voice urging revolution, and her friend in chains, Cam wants the sexy emperor on her side—and maybe a whole lot more. But her role in the thrilling mission to save her country has to come first. Banzai wouldn’t surrender, and Cam won’t either. It’s time to give a royal butt kicking, and Cam knows just where to start.

Praise for The Scarlet Empress:

“I am well aware of the toil and blood it will cost you to come to me, Banzai Maguire, but come to me you must. Hear my words; heed my call. I am waiting for you.”
—The Voice of Freedom, heard on the Trans-Malaysian Interweb, October 2176


“Exhilarating! As Bree fights for her life, Cam finds herself confronting one of the most powerful men in the world. Grant’s writing remains vivid whether describing astounding futuristic advances, depicting a vicious gun volley or drawing a poignant love scene.” — Publishers Weekly

“Grant’s futuristic military romance demonstrates her trademark qualities of humor, passion, and devotion to duty, as well as a riveting David-and-Goliath conflict. Especially timely in view of current events, The Scarlet Empress offers a thrillingly pointed reminder of the cost of freedom and the continuing sacrifices required of those who value liberty.” — Booklist

“A pulse pounding, heart stopping, and spectacular conclusion to the 2176 Series; a fantastic plot with great twists, turns, hot romance and nonstop action.” — Paranormal Romance Reviews



Preorder The Scarlet Empress:


Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-scarlet-empress-susan-grant/1006169370?ean=2940156989614


Amazon: available November 15th


About Susan Grant:

When NY Times/USA Today bestselling author and Air Force veteran Susan Grant isn’t driving an 18-wheeler (AKA a 747 jumbo jet) she loves writing romantic, action-packed stories featuring gutsy woman and honorable men. Flying to exotic places and trying every kind of food imaginable helps Susan bring her sci-fi worlds alive for readers. She is a winner of the prestigious RITA award for her book Contact, an alien abduction sci-fi romance.

Social media links:

Twitter: @flyerdreamer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Susan.Grant/
Website: www.susangrant.com








Happy reading!